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Blockbuster Card Set For Big M

Published: November 22, 2017 6:07 pm ET

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Saturday night at The Meadowlands is the penultimate stop on the 2017 Grand Circuit with over $2.6 million in purses distributed over the finals of the TVG Series for older horses and the Freshman Fall Final Four. The stars of the season will align over the eight races to make their case for divisional honours.

Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras) has the $175,000 TVG Mare Trot to use as a final push for Horse Of The Year honours with her top two rivals, Ariana G and Manchego, already in the clubhouse. She'll face the late season sensation Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) who has seared through the second half of the season in the mare division while Hannelore raced open competition.

What The Hill (David Miller) accepted an invitation to race in the $350,000 TVG Open final as the sophomore Breeders Crown champ. A win against older would likely advance his position for the Dan Patch trophy for that division.

Ron Burke trains Hannelore Hanover and What The Hill for his own interests as Burke Racing and J&T Silva on both. Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino are partners on the Hannelore while Our Horse Cents Stable and Deo Volente Farms hold shares in What The Hill.

Youaremycandygirl could cement the pacing filly title for Burke, Gingras and owner Bill Donovan with a win in the $381,200 Three Diamonds stake while Stay Hungry could do the same in the colt pace for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman, trainer Tony Alagna and driver Doug McNair in the $411,700 Governors Cup.

The freshman colt trot leader is still unclear with several contenders to battle in the $464,650 Valley Victory. Fashionwoodchopper (D. Miller) is the PASS champ and won both weeks at The Red Mile for Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms, Wolfgang (Gingras) nipped Takter stablemate Samo Different Day in the Matron for owners Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stable and Fair Island Farm while Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears) won last week's elim and is the likely favourite for owner Courant, Inc.

The filly trot is a wide open affair, but the unbeaten Manchego wrapped up divisional honours early. Ake Svanstedt and Blue Chip Bloodstock's Plunge Blue Chip was vicious in the elimination and is the filly to beat in the $420,750 Goldsmith Maid.

The older pacers are still a puzzle and the contenders are assembled for the $350,000 TVG Pacing final. Mcwicked was just that in a qualifier last Saturday, dragging Brian Sears around the oval in 1:48.4 for Casie Coleman and owner SSG Stable and will take some beating here.

The pacing mares are just as competitive, Pure Country (Mark MacDonald) could probably wrap divisional honours with a win here following her Breeders Crown success for Takter and Diamond Creek Racing.

(Meadowlands)


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